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May 22, 2018



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Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam in July must submit their application no later than May 31. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an ASC administrator. Learn more about CASC.
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Full Cirlce   When it comes to revenue cycle management (RCM), we’re talking about profitability, operating margins and bottom lines—the collective lifeline in your ambulatory surgery center or private practice. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that a trusted acquaintance and proven professional was safeguarding it all for you?

Sign up now for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair and leverage the power of recruiting technology. This online event, scheduled for Thursday, June 14, will provide both hiring managers and job seekers the opportunity to navigate the recruiting process more efficiently, all while never having to leave the office. The ASCA Virtual Career Fair is free for job seekers. Learn more.
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Mark your calendar for ASCA’s first Member Appreciation Week, to be held June 18–22! Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to get the most up-to-date news regarding this celebration. We will be giving out prizes and recognition to our awesome members throughout the week, so act now to stay in the loop. Learn more about Member Appreciation Week.
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In the latest Member Focus profile, an intra-procedural director from Michigan shares what her ASC does to maintain patient safety.

Want to be featured in Member Focus? Share your answer to this month's questionHow do you make sure that insurance reimburses you on time?—and you could be selected for a future profile.
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Through ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi, ASCA members can enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s high-quality translation and interpretation services, which are available in more than 170 languages. Learn more about how Akorbi’s language solutions can benefit your ASC.
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Smith & Nephew

Last Thursday, ASCA staff met with a number of employees at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). The two organizations discussed the reasons why development and implementation of certified systems has been slow in the ASC space as well as some possible solutions to the problem. The meeting was productive, and follow-up discussions are already underway. Read more.
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Report: HCA, PE Giant Eyeing Envision
Nashville Post (05/21/18) De Lombaerde, Geert

Hospital titan HCA Healthcare reportedly has partnered with one of the biggest names in private equity to make a buyout bid for Envision Healthcare, the company home to surgery center operator AmSurg and physician services giant EmCare. Reuters wrote last Friday that HCA executives are teaming up with KKR & Co.—the former Kohlberg Kravis Roberts—to take over Envision and then split the company back into its two divisions, with HCA keeping the surgery centers.

Reducing Health Care Provider Stress and Burnout to Improve Satisfaction and Patient Care
Joint Commission Press Release (05/17/18) Bronk, Katie Looze

Reducing health care provider stress and burnout to improve satisfaction and patient care is the focus of two new articles in the May 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The articles examine the use of medical scribes to improve provider work life and the development of a Resiliency Center to coordinate faculty and staff wellness initiatives.

Would Making Surgery Prices Transparent Be Beneficial to Patients?
Forbes (05/18/18) Smith, Drew

Only in the U.S. could such a question be asked. And only in the U.S. is it impossible to answer.

Site Launched to Let Mass. Residents Compare Health Care Costs, Quality
Metro US (05/16/18)

Massachusetts residents have a new tool to help them make health care decisions with the launch Wednesday of an online transparency website that includes procedure pricing comparisons, provider quality metrics and other resources. The Center for Health Information and Analysis' new CompareCare site, located at, uses claims data to show the full amount medical providers were paid, by both the insurer and the patient, for nearly 300 procedures including X-rays, MRIs, office visits, and blood tests.

NueHealth Joint Venture Acquires Blue Bell, PA Ambulatory Surgery Center
PR Newswire (05/15/18)

NueHealth, in partnership with Rothman Institute, Jefferson Health, and 14 individual multi-specialty physicians, has acquired the Blue Bell Surgery Center in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The new Jefferson Surgery Center -Blue Bell is expected to open in Q3 2018.

CMS Unveils Enhanced 'Drug Dashboards' to Increase Transparency on Drug Prices
CMS Press Release (05/15/18)

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a redesigned version of the Drug Spending Dashboards. For the first time, the dashboards include year-over-year information on drug pricing and highlight which manufactures have been increasing their prices.

Maryland's Plan to Control Health Costs Gets Federal Approval
Baltimore Sun (05/14/18) McDaniels, Andrea K.

The federal government has approved a plan Maryland has been testing for the past four years to control health costs by shifting more care out of hospitals and better coordinating care with doctors, nursing homes and community groups, state officials announced Monday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been closely watching the state’s pilot program, first implemented in 2014, as a possible model for other states.

F.D.A. Names and Shames Drug Makers to Encourage Generic Competition
New York Times (05/17/18) Kaplan, Sheila

Pharmaceutical companies that spend billions of dollars to develop new drugs do not want competitors to profit from inexpensive generic copies of blockbuster medicines. To avoid rivals, they fight for patent extensions, seek new uses for old products and, sometimes, prevent generic drug companies from obtaining samples.

Governor Mapp Praises Plans to Open Surgical Center on St. Croix
South Florida Caribbean News (05/17/18)

Governor Kenneth E. Mapp offered his congratulations Wednesday to the physicians behind Liberty Medical Development, which recently announced that it has successfully secured financing for a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center at Estate Diamond on St. Croix. The surgical center will offer operating and surgical procedure rooms with clinic offices for several local medical practices.

Waystar Releases Second Annual Patient Payment Check-Up Survey
Business Week (05/03/18)

Waystar, the combination of Navicure and ZirMed revenue cycle technologies, today announced findings from its second annual Patient Payment Check-Up Survey, conducted by HIMSS Analytics. This year’s survey, fielded in January 2018, polled over 1,000 patients that have visited a medical provider in the last 12 months, along with almost 900 financial executives from leading hospitals, health systems and other outpatient facilities.

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